SOURCE: MHz Networks

February 13, 2006 13:47 ET

The Daily News Show Gets Its Own Shortz Festival Category!

Surprise Announcement From MHz NETWORKS

FALLS CHURCH, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 13, 2006 -- News Flash! The MHz Shortz Student Film Festival unveiled a NEW category for the 2006 festival -- the Daily News Program. Starting this year, the MHz Shortz Student Film Festival is encouraging every school in Virginia to enter their best news program into this new category. The news programs must be produced after September 1st, 2005 and before March 17th, 2006. All Shortz entries are due March 17, 2006.

The Daily News Program category recognizes the hard work of both teachers and students to produce creative and effective newscast on a daily basis. The guidelines and judging rubric for the category have been developed in partnership with the Alexandria City Public Schools. Andrea Ellis, MHz Shortz film festival director, is excited about the new category. "This is the kind of media students in Virginia make everyday. It's about time we started recognizing excellence and acknowledging the hard work of teachers and students!"

Now in its 5th year, the MHz Shortz Student Film Festival celebrates the imaginations of young filmmakers across the country. Outstanding K-12 student (and teacher) filmmakers compete for the coveted Shortie award. The MHz Shortz Student Film Festival encourages student creativity and learning through the process of filmmaking. The MHz Shortz festival is a part of the Education Arts Technology program, an education initiative of MHz NETWORKS. Through workshops, a website, and the annual MHz Shortz Student Film Festival, EAT supports project-based multimedia learning with hands-on tools, teaching, and learning strategies, resulting in improved test scores.

For more information about the NEW MHz Shortz Daily News Program category, email To learn about the MHz Shortz Student Film Festival, visit

MHz NETWORKS (MHz and MHz2) is an independent, noncommercial television broadcaster delivering international, educational and arts programming. MHz provides diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience. Serving the Washington, DC area's 5.0 million residents, MHz NETWORKS features programs from around the world on air and online in more than 20 different languages. MHz has studio facilities in Falls Church, VA, and at Washington, DC's Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Media Contact:
    Jenna Reedy
    (703) 770-7135
    Email Contact

    MHz Shortz Film Festival contact:
    Andrea Ellis
    (703) 770-7182
    Email Contact